Danielle Venegas wrote:So I meant to ask, and being Wyoming born maybe I should know my cow breeds, but what breeds do you use and what do you suggest for our climate? Did you get them at auctions? I find it difficult to find someone willing to sell just 1 or 2 calves outside of auction. Then they aren't the healthiest calves. I just find cows hard to do on a personal scale. But perhaps that's because I don't know anything about cows.
Miles Flansburg wrote:You guys mentioned Joel Salatin in the video, Did you read his books, visit his place, or how did you find out about his stuff?
Many permies follow up the cattle with other animals, like chickens. Have you all done that? What are your thoughts on that?
What kind of response are you getting from other ranchers? I am wondering if your methods are spreading.
I am also wondering about the condition of the land before you started. There are a lot of folks here who have dryland and alkaline soils. Are you dealing with conditions like those? Any special techniques for that?
We also talk a lot about polycultures here. How diverse is your seed mix? Pastures? Do you think there are ways to get the minerals that you feed from any plants that may be grown in the fields?
Kelly Smith wrote:
thank you for mentioning that you can graze alfalfa - if i had a $1 for every time someone stopped to tell me i cant/shouldnt be grazing alfalfa i wouldnt need a day job
a quick question:
how does the mob grazing effect the furrows in the fields? - i ask because i have found irrigation less effective after grazing animals over corrugations. putting a tractor on after the animals seems counter productive to me.
i realize all sites (especially irrigated sites) are different - and it looks like you certainly have more slope than i do - but any comments on this would be appreciated.